A few months ago, I showed you photos of the Victorian house from Practical Magic, a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. The kitchen was practically a character of its own and was one of the most memorable parts of the movie–at least for me. So I was excited when Derek, one of my long-time readers, sent me photos of a Practical Magic kitchen that he designed recently. It was part of an amazing Gothic Revival house project that he spent two years working on, and I think the results are stunning.
The photo above was taken on the set of the film and published in Victoria magazine in 1998. Here’s Derek’s version of the kitchen in the house he designed:
“The AGA is almost like a shrine,” production designer Robin Standefer said of the gas stove that was the focal point of the movie kitchen. “This is the place where they do their work; it’s where they place the cauldron.” Derek’s clients have an AGA, too:
The ceilings aren’t vaulted like they are in the movie, but they are beamed for a similar feel. A view of the kitchen from overhead in the movie:
The kitchen Derek designed:
“The point of this entire kitchen design was to make it look like it had existed for nearly a century. No islands with bar stools, no visible microwaves, all signs of modern conveniences gone. Even the Sub Zero was disguised. The choice of an AGA range, despite its weight, price and many special requirements was completely worth it to achieve this timeless look.”
The Sub Zero disguised as an icebox:
The movie kitchen, looking into the dining area:
And an almost identical opening in Derek’s house–love his meticulous attention to detail:
I think the freestanding island is gorgeous. It looks like an antique, but Derek designed it himself and had it manufactured in Central America. He says, “It was designed after the large work tables found in some of the larger historic home kitchens.”
Many thanks to Derek for letting me share this with you! For more details about the kitchen, visit Derek M Design. You can see more photos of the Victorian house from Practical Magic here. If you could have a kitchen inspired by any TV or movie house, which one would it be?
*UPDATE: You can see the rest of this house here.
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